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Towards zero emission wind park maintenance

AuthorsJorrit-Jan Serraris
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 132
DateSep 30, 2021
Offshore wind turbines require Operations & Maintenance (O&M) on a regular basis. O&M activities are either performed by shore-based Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) or Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIV) for large component replacements.

However, the fuel consumption of these vessels means that offshore wind energy is not entirely carbon free yet. To
reduce CO2 emissions associated with wind energy production the industry is moving towards zero emission O&M
vessels. MARIN is contributing to this development through several projects.

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All zero emission support vessels require carbon-free energy sources, the storage of these and a different engine room layout. This requires significant changes to the ship and drive train. To support the design, optimisation and testing of novel engine rooms and drive trains, MARIN is developing its Zero Emission Lab (ZEL) and has initiated the ZERO JIP.